Friday, February 19, 2010

Showing at Halter


































9 comments:

Sydney said...

I love doing halter/showmanship. However I have never been a fan of arabian halter/showmanship. I seen a class a few times for showmanship. I was taught that showmanship was a test of how well you handled your horse. This meant he was trained, listening to you, not hopping around etc. The horses, here and at the arab shows I have been to seem unruly a lot of the time, wild eyed and even scared of their handler like the first picture.
What class was this?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Sydney - There were hundreds of classes so I couldn't follow them all. I didn't get a detailed program, because that would have cost another $10 on top of the $10 per person to get in, and I was running out of money for food. They announced the names of the classes beforehand, but it was so hard to hear anything or pay attention or even remember what they said. I can tell you this is a mix of pictures that are both professional handlers and amateur owners, some horses are stallions, some geldings and some mares.

Mikey said...

The horses are pretty, but it's unlike any halter class I'm used to. They sure are fancy! I'm going to try to get there next week.. try...

Katharine Swan said...

Oh my, IMG_8253 is a gorgeous photo! WOW!!!

They are beautiful horses, but I like your Arabs better. These ones look like they'll break if anyone ever rides them. ;o)

Jenn said...

Wow. Those horses DO NOT look like they are having a good time at all. Some of them actually look terrified, not happy.

Sad.

fernvalley01 said...

I found it funny to look at some of the handlers faces They did not look like the calm profesionals at all , more like fearful ! a couple of the women seemed calmer ,and the gentlman at the end ,but I looked agian and his lead is wrapped around his hand (that is wreck look to happen.
They are such beautful horses though I would be awestruck being there

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I LOVE LOVE the Arabians!!! I could never get tired of seeing photos of them.

I may never own one because it takes an experienced confidant person to work with them, but I just can never get anough of watching them.

I think what amazes me when I go to Arabian shows, is how the judges want to see wild eyed, animated, prancing, taut muscles and tails flagged to the sky. The more enrgetic, the better. The horse's energy is what showcases the breed as being endurance horses able to gallop across the desert.

Even the audience joins in to cheer, holler and whoop until the horses get even more excited. You can tell that many of the horses seem to enjoy this. Case in point, the costume class and even hunter. Wow! The energy is so exciting!

I so wish I could have been there. But thanks for sharing the photos!


~Lisa

Reddunappy said...

Arabians are beautiful living works of art. That said I am a died in the wool stock horse fan LOL. I love all horses.

I went to our SWWA breeders show here once. We watched the aged stallion class, it was a disappointment, not because of the lood of the horses but the behavior. The stallion that won the class actually kicked the wall, where spectators were standing, all the way around the arena. I know Arabian breeders want "fire" in their horses but.... (that said I do not like stock horse breed halter classes either, (bllleeckkk)
It seems in most breeds that you can isolate the "halter" horse into its own breed, not usable to ride, pretty to look at, most of the time.
I like the older days when horses had to be able to ride and halter, conformation and health has gone way down since things have become so specialized.
And....I do love horses in any way, shape or form!

sue said...

I'm not really an Arab person (give me a lunky draft any day of the week) but I have to admit, what beautiful animals!!!! they look so light on their feet!!! (and "hot")... you must be having a grand time!!!! I am really enjoying reading about the trip!! thanks for sharing....